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Snapchat Takes Down Two Messaging Patents in Agency Reviews

Oct. 20, 2021, 6:36 PM

Snap Inc. convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to knock out most of two patents on sharing recorded video messages.

Patent owner SRK Technology LLC had sued Snap in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging Snapchat’s video sharing feature infringed its U.S. Patent Nos. 8,996,059 and 9,930,159. The court stayed the litigation while Snap challenged the patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The board agreed with Snap that most claims of the patents were obvious over prior inventions in two opinions issued Tuesday.

In December 2020, the agency marked as precedential ...